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Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 19:38

Ricky Wong plans to run for LegCo seat


Ricky Wong plans to run for LegCo seat
HKTV C hairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay meets the press in Admiralty on May 11, 2016. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong media entrepreneur and HKTV Chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay will run in the Legislative Council elections in September, he revealed on May 11.

Wong, dubbed "Magic Boy" by the press, confirmed at a press conference that he planned to compete for a geographical constituency, either in New Territories East or Hong Kong Island. He said he is still considering his choice while expressing his preference for the latter, as he lives on the Hong Kong Island.

He revealed that one of the key agendas in his election platform will be having a new chief executive.

He also clearly stated that he does not support the notion of Hong Kong independence.

Wong became the talk of the town during the last three years as his business was embroiled in a license controversy with the Hong Kong government. Rounds of appeals were pursued by both parties after the government rejected HKTV’s application for a free-to-air license in 2013, which sparked public protests.

"My business and the prospect of a free-to-air TV license can’t compare with the importance of the overall interests of Hong Kong society,” he said.

Wong was a member of the Liberal Party in the 1990s.

Liberal Party Honorary Chairman James Tien Pei-chun voiced support to Wong personally. He said the party will have a meeting before making a decision on whether to sponsor Wong.

He said Wong's participation in the campaign will offer Hong Kong people a new option, which is for the common good of the city.

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